Tech Poor Substitute for Personal Interaction

Now who doesn’t know that?  But unfortunately many parents seem to feel that unrestricted or unlimited computer/internet time is part of a child’s life in the digital world.  It doesn’t have to be that way say many leading clinical psychologists.  It is interesting and good to be curious about other people, to learn how to listen.  Technology is a poor substitute for personal interaction.

Perhaps most discouragingly, heavy use of electronic media can have significant negative effects on children’s behavior, health and school performance.  This “overexposure,” particularly with regard to simulated violence, common in many popular video games, can result in children acting more violently themselves and less likely to behave emphatically in a more positive way.

Less screen time, more interpersonal activity with peers, family, care-givers seems to be the best antidote.  This does not mean we have to take away all the digital devices and toys.  We should just ensure that spending time with peers and caring adults does not suffer.

Ray Myers

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